The Future of Food Manufacturing

Although humans have been eating food in one form or another for 2 ½ million years it wasn’t until the 1800s and 1900s that accelerating population growth accelerated the demand for food and large-scale food manufacturing was born. With today’s population growing at the rate of 1 billion people every 12 years ever more efficient means of producing and manufacturing food are needed. By 2050 there will be another 2B people to feed and technology will be needed to help us do that. This talk will take a look at food manufacturing over the next 30 years and take you to a world where by 2050 life expectancy will be 98 years, world population 10 billion and food manufacturing likely not recognizable as it is today. The talk will explore technologies that are available today (high pressure processing, 3 D printing, pulsed light, ohmic heating, ultrasonic, internet of things) and technologies we haven’t yet thought of (quantum entanglement, artificial intelligence, nutrigenomics) and how they will impact on our ability to manufacture an ever-increasing amount of nourishing food without destroying the planet. Roy Amara the futurist noted that “we tend to overestimate the effect of technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run”. If you are in the food manufacturing business and you want a long run view of the next 30 years then this is the talk to come to.

Speaker: Brad McKay